I'm 45 yy, and I love my cast iron but only if I can buy the pieces from a thrift store, an estate sale, and a few select pieces from ebay because it's already 'well-seasoned', and the items that I've seen in stores just don't seem the same! Growing up, I would watch my foster mom use hers for frying chicken, early-morning ham with red-eye gravy, and/or cornbread. Right now, I have one big cast iron skillet that has seem some abuse (left it with family who let it soak after scorching spaghetti sauce in it and brought it to me with some of the sauce still stuck to it..ugh), but I'm working on it! (I'm also working on building my cast iron collection up again..I've got low-iron anemia so of course, any- and every-where I can get a boost of iron is more than okey-dokey with me!)
My every day cookware pantry consists of a bit of everything: Calphalon, CLUB (courtesy of ebay! I love those but only the ones with the rings on the bottom..don't really care for the smooth bottoms as much), other no-name aluminum/stainless steel, and of course, a Dollar General Store special which honestly..that term "you get what you pay for" -- it could've been coined specifically for this set. $12 for 7 pcs: a skillet, a small saucepan, a medium saucepan, a 'Dutch oven' (and I literally roll my eyes when I say it -- or type it) and three lids...Having recently moved into a new place, I needed a set of cookware, like, immediately and, budget-conscious woman that I am, I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money and figured this little set would serve me fine until I had saved up some funds for a set from Wal*Mart..BIG mistake..I mean..HUGE!! The first time I used it, I made some chicken'n'dumplings in the D.O., and upon washing it, I noticed the coating was already cracked & peeling! The first time I used the little skillet for turkey bacon'n'eggs, I noticed the saaaame exact thing! Needless to say, I splurged a bit and bought a $40 Calphalon skillet from Macy's (had a gift card, otherwise, I probably wouldn't have!) I love that Calphalon..it's sturdy, and it actually holds up to its nonstick coating claim, thus, it's easy to clean as well!
I recently saw where Sam's Club (in NC somewhere; I don't recall where) was going to have a Titanware cookware set demonstration next month, I think. I haven't seen it anywhere though.
- 5/29/2011 12:52:52 PM